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Milkman

Written by: Anna Burns
Narrated by: Anna Burns
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

©2019 Anna Burns (P)2019 Faber Audio

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"Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time." (Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies)  

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  • DaveD
  • 28-10-19

No Maybes - this is so good!

This is my maybe best audible book I’ve listened to for a long time, a really long time going way back long time.
Author, Anna Burns, had me listening while walking and laughing while getting the notion of how lives were, over the road, over the water in that other country over there.
I’ve told my longest friend, all my book-friends and new found friends that if they haven’t read Milkman yet then they should or listen to it: it’s a great introduction to audible books.
Simply clever, full of observations, full of humour, full of telling it like it is, of the times, of the events, of the gossip and of the suspicions.
Do pick up the Milkman, listen to it’s outstanding narration or even read it while walking why don’t you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-20

Just couldn't finish it.

Listened for an excruciating 40 minutes (over three days). I really tried to get involved as this was for my bookclub and I normally finish the allocated book but simply could not do a moment longer. Sentences waffled on with no clear direction or purpose. Felt overbearing and pretentious. Not sure where the story was going or why it was being told.